Professional Theatre For Maine


Seeking an energetic, personable, confident and articulate professional for the position of Development Director.

The position will be principally responsible for obtaining and sustaining contributed revenue and the creation and implementation of plans for generating financial support for a 25 year old Equity Theatre.  In partnership with the Executive Artistic Director, this person will also represent The Public Theatre within the community and be a key player in the strategic development of the theatre’s future.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and skills at fundraising and revenue generation, excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation skills, the ability to work collaboratively and strategically and the organizational skills to stay focused on multiple priorities and deadlines.

Primary duties and requirements include: 

  • Experience using creativity and self-motivation to formulate innovative ideas.
  • Must be a team player with a sense of humor interested in working collaboratively within a small staff.
  • A knowledge of theatre, a passion for the Arts and experience with non-profit art or cultural organizations is a plus.
  • Competence with word processing, fundraising database, basic graphic and social media skills.  Experience with the following programs is not required but is definitely a plus:
    • Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Publisher
    • Salesforce CRM – Patron Manager
    • Patron Mail
    • Facebook
    • Twitter 
  • Developing a thorough understanding of The Public Theatre’s history, mission and artistic programming to knowledgably and passionately represent all aspects of the theatre to others.
  • Working with Executive leadership to create annual fundraising campaign and the execution of the plan.
  • Annual corporate and individual fundraising (including donor cultivation and solicitation)
  • Motivating and supporting the board and development committee in coordinating fundraising efforts
  • Creating new partnerships with individuals, businesses, and foundations as essential to furthering the goals of the theatre.
  • Grant writing, research and management of grant reporting.
  • Keeping detailed records about donor activity, history and information as well as documenting all development activities
  • Planning and supervising the donor telethon
  • Planning and coordinating of Opening Night events for sponsors, donors and donor prospects and additional fundraising special events as needed.

Full time position, competitive salary and health benefits, and the joy of living “the way life should be” in Maine.

Send resume and cover letter to:

The Public Theatre
31 Maple St.
Lewiston, ME 04240

The Public Theatre is a 315 seat Equity theatre in Central Maine. We operate under an SPT (category 8) contract with AEA. We have been voted “Best Theatre in Maine” four years in a row by the Down East Magazine reader’s poll.